Just got an empty 55 gal. drum from a local eatery that held vegetable
oil. I'd like to use it as a burn barrel, but the only opening is a
small hole in the top for a syphon pump of some kind.
Would appreciate some thoughts on how to cut the top off. My experience
with metal working is limited to high school shop which is longer ago
than I care to think about ;-).
Thanks in advance!
Be very, very careful...I once saw a man blown to bits because he was
grinding on a barrel that had once held diesel fuel. The fuel was long
gone, barrel had been filled/emptied with water several times;
nevertheless, when he cut through the side a spark ignited diesel fumes
I know vegetable oil isn't diesel oil but it still burns.
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And the blade is not going to toss water around,or water run out from the
cut?? Maybe to leak onto the power tool?
Or you won't end up standing in a puddle while holding a corded power tool?
It really is not a smart thing to do.
I always just used a hatchet and large hammer, took about 5 minutes to
go around the barrel, keep the hatchet close to the rim and it will be
pretty smooth. Then used a pick to punch breather holes around the
I had a summer job in an oil field once, and the way we did it was with
a pipe wrench and a small sledge hammer. Go around the top with the
pipe wrench jaw just over the rim and whack it with the hammer. Then
move it an inch and whack it again. Repeat. It does a surprisingly
good job and turns the rough edge down. Takes a while though...
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